I’m a believer in switching hotels mid-trip when I visit big cities like New York and Tokyo. It can feel like a vacation within a vacation, nudging you to get comfortable on a new street, in a new room and a new neighborhood.
So during our week-long stay in Tokyo in September, we spent one night at the Andaz Tokyo as a guest of the hotel. It was my first time in Toranomon, which is one of the oldest areas of the city. The name Toranomon means “gate of the tiger”.
The Andaz Tokyo is brand new, having just opened in June 2014. It takes up the top six floors of the 52-storey Toranomon Hills building.
The entire hotel, including the super comfortable suites, was co-designed by award-winning Taiwanese-American designer, Tony Chi.
I loved the location. It’s a short walk to the Toranomon subway stop, and within strolling distance to the Imperial Palace, Ginza and Roppongi. The area is a financial hub, which means lots of good people-watching on weekdays.
Our room was on the 49th floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows that made this stunning view very hard to turn our backs on. Step behind the sofa and lean against the glass if you dare. (I dared. It was a huge rush.)
Later that night, we swapped this view for another amazing one at the 52nd floor Rooftop Bar. Also on the 52nd floor is a serene, stand-alone Chapel. It’s the highest place in Tokyo to get hitched.
The public spaces within the hotel are beautiful and instantly calming. There’s a distinctly Japanese vibe but it’s warm and welcoming too. You can imagine all the Instagram shots taken in these hallways.
From the hotel, you’re just 10 minutes walk from so many great dinner options around Shimbashi. We had a fantastic standing meal at Bistro Uokin, drinking wine and eating Japanese interpretations of French food.
It was very reasonably priced considering our drinks were literally poured to the rim. This white wine and sparkling wine were only 600 yen each. Crazy.
Oh my god, these oysters…
The hotel’s breakfast buffet is sooooo good, but I suggest taking your morning coffee at the Toranomon Koffee on the second floor of the building. It’s a branch of the famed Omotesando Koffee. Below is my bubbling cappuccino.
Thanks so much to the team at Andaz Tokyo for letting us experience Toranomon. This was written independently by me and all opinions are my own.